#Rapport #2020 – « Moscow’s War in Syria » – Center for Strategic International Studies

https://www.csis.org/analysis/moscows-war-syria

« This report examines Russia’s military and diplomatic campaign in Syria, the largest and most significant Russian out-of-area operation since the end of the Cold War. Russia’s experience in Syria will shape its military thinking, influence promotion and personnel decisions, impact research and development for its arms industry, and expand its influence in the Middle East and beyond for the foreseeable future. Yet despite the importance of Russia’s involvement in Syria—especially as the United States competes with countries such as Russia and China—there has been little systematic analysis of Russia’s campaign in Syria. This research aims to help fill the gap and provides some new analysis and data. It conducts a broad assessment of the Russian campaign—including political objectives, diplomatic initiatives, and civilian targeting—which places the military campaign in a wider context. In addition, it compiles a data set of Russia’s civilian targeting and analyzes satellite imagery of Russian activity.

Overall, this report concludes that Russia was relatively successful in achieving its main near-term political and military objectives in Syria, including preventing the collapse of the Assad regime (an important regional partner) and thwarting a possible U.S. attempt to overthrow Assad. Still, Russia used a systematic punishment campaign that involved attacks against civilian and humanitarian infrastructure in an attempt to deny resources—including food, fuel, and medical aid—to the opposition while simultaneously eroding the will of civilians to support opposition groups. »

BREAKING NEWS: Qatar energy minister says oil output freeze agreed with Saudi, Russia, Venezuela | The National

BREAKING NEWS: Qatar energy minister says oil output freeze agreed with Saudi, Russia, Venezuela | The National
Futures had climbed as much as 4 per cent in London, rising for a third day, ahead of the meeting in Doha.

The complicated Indo-Iran relationship

The complicated Indo-Iran relationship
India and Iran share a cultural relationship since Neolithic age. However due to certain extraneous factors the relationship has become complicated if not very complex. Republic of India and Imper

India, Russia to boost military cooperation – The Times of India

India, Russia to boost military cooperation – The Times of India
India and Russia on Monday decided to step up military ties as they sought to firm up a multi-billion dollar deal for the new generation Russian S-400 Triumf anti-ballistic missile system and possible leasing of a second nuclear submarine besides other deals.

La France sous influence russe ou le concept de souveraineté à la carte

Depuis le début de la guerre civile en Ukraine, il a été constaté dans les médias français, de façon assez récurrente en quantité et prononcé en gravité, un haro sur les russes dont on ne prit à peine soin de distinguer les autorités du peuple. Peuple qui il est vrai reste particulièrement attaché à son dirigeant, ce qui est souvent mis au crédit d’une immaturité dudit électorat qui serait damné, comprendre abonné ad vitam aeternam à la tyrannie. Un raccourci qui confine souvent au mépris et à la méconnaissance de la réalité historique et contemporaine de la civilisation russe.

via La France sous influence russe ou le concept de souveraineté à la carte.

Hard Ukraine bargaining leaves sour taste for some in EU | Reuters

Hard Ukraine bargaining leaves sour taste for some in EU | Reuters.

But nearly a year on from the first « EuroMaidan » protests that would topple the pro-Moscow president who had spurned an EU trade deal, some in Brussels are disillusioned by the experience of helping Ukraine. EU generosity in waiving import duties and funding gas supplies from Russia may be being abused, they say.

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APEC: China has further deepened energy ties with political ally Russia

www.energyintel.com/pages/worldwatchblog.aspx?docID=866835.

China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) and Russia’s Gazprom on Sunday followed up May’s blockbuster natural gas deal with a framework agreement for China to import another 30 Bcm/yr of Russian gas, this time from West Siberia, with a final contract to be signed in 2015.

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Thucydide sur le Dniepr

Par Nicolas Mazzucchi

La question ukrainienne qui, après l’affaire criméenne, connaît de nouveaux développements avec l’agitation dans l’Est du pays se pose comme un cas d’école de l’analyse des enjeux géopolitiques par empilement d’échelles. Le référendum tenu à l’Est et qui semble, avec plus ou moins de malversations et de manipulations, consacrer la volonté de la population russophone de se séparer de Kiev, pourrait ouvrir un nouvel acte de cette affaire internationale, mêlant Russie, Europe, Etats-Unis et dépassant largement le seul cadre de l’Ukraine.

Why India doesn’t support Western sanctions on Russia

Author: Priya Chacko, University of Adelaide

Commentators have expressed surprise at India’s failure to criticise Russia for its incursion into Crimea. Not only did India abstain from voting on the UN General Assembly Resolution condemning Crimea’s annexation but it has also opposed the imposition of Western sanctions. Together with its fellow members in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) forum, India has rejected Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop’s suggestion that Russia be excluded from the G20 summit.

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Geopolitics and the Northern Sea Route

Towards a shorter and faster Northern East Route

Tanker sails through Northeast Passage as Arctic ice caps melt

A gas tanker has powered its way across the top of the world and is set to enter Japanese waters after a west-to-east voyage through the Arctic ice lasting 25 days. It is a hugely symbolic moment: the melting of the ice caps has brought tantalisingly close the dream of 16th-century explorers to use the Northeast sea route all year round to link Europe to the riches of China and India.

In the today controversy, and for the opening of the DefExpo show 2012, the question should be “where goes the money” invested in major arms programs as the Indo-Russia cruise missile Brahmos.

Le gouvernement perd patience face aux antinucléaires …

… en Inde!

Le 27 février, un Allemand a été expulsé du territoire indien pour avoir soutenu des villageois mobilisés contre le nucléaire. Ces derniers bloquent toujours le démarrage d’un nouveau réacteur, dans le sud du pays. Et le gouvernement ne sait plus quel prétexte trouver pour sortir de l’impasse, commente avec ironie la presse indienne.

The collective strength of the BRIC economies (Brazil, Russia, India and China) is of ever increasing importance to the strength of the global economy. Whilst mature economies across the globe grapple with towering budget deficits, anaemic growth and rising unemployment, the BRICs are expanding rapidly, lifting people out of poverty and driving the global economy.

The BRIC economies: propping up the global economy

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin continued to restore order in the area of defense. On Wednesday, while participating in the Government Hour in the Duma, he promised to pursue the corrupt defense officials as he would accomplices of the enemy against the state. He promised domestic producers to abandon procurement of foreign equipment.

Russia’s defense industry to attract private capital – English pravda.ru

« American NGOs fund nuclear protests » – Manmohan Singh

American NGOs fund the protests that hold India back from building the nuclear reactors it needs to meet fast-growing energy needs, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in an interview published in Science magazine on Friday.

Among the plants suffering delays is the Kudankulam power station in Tamil Nadu, which was due to open last year. Progress on the Russian-built reactor has been halted by protesters over safety fears.

Russian Arctic brigades put off to 2015

Russia’s first motorized rifle brigade specially trained for operations in the Arctic will be established in 2015. Arctic brigades will be crated both in Murmansk and Arkhangelsk.

It was originally planned that the 200. motorized infantry brigade in Pechenga, some 10 kilometers from the Russian-Norwegian border, would be reorganized as an Arctic brigade already by the end of 2011. Commander of the Russian Ground Forces Col.Gen. Alexander Postnikov now says that the first brigade will be established in 2015, when Russia receives new vehicles designed for operations in the Arctic.

Iran : achat massif de blé auprès de la Russie

Impact à prévoir tant sur le plan diplomatique qu’au niveau des cours de matières premières. Selon des informations communiquées par des traders à des médias occidentaux, l’Iran a acquis environ 500.000 tonnes de blé russe au cours de la semaine qui vient de s’écouler.

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